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Children should not have to face mental health problems alone

Children should not have to face mental health problems alone

Place2Be is a children and young people's mental health charity with almost 30 years' experience working with pupils, families and staff in UK schools.

We provide mental health support in schools through one-to-one and group counselling using tried and tested methods backed by research. In addition, we also offer expert training and professional qualifications.

Why it's important

1 in 5

children and young people have a probable mental health condition, and many continue to have these problems into adulthood.

50%

of those with lifetime mental health problems first experience symptoms by the age of 14.

1 in 10
boys aged 5-19 with a mental health condition are suspended in some form from school.

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How we help

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Mental health support in schools

Our in-school mental health service supports the wellbeing of pupils, families and staff.

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Our mental health services in schools

We provide mental health services in schools that contribute to a whole-school approach to mental health.

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Counselling training and placements

Gain experience and skills with our child counselling training and placements.

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Your support makes it possible

Thousands of vulnerable children and families depend on our work every single day. We simply cannot reach them without your help. There are so many ways to lend your support.

Child talking to counsellor
For every £1 invested

Place2Be’s counselling service in primary schools has the potential to return £8 to society by improving long-term outcomes for each child.

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How you can help

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Raise money to transform children and young people’s mental health. Browse ideas, tips and advice.

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Take part in an event

Run, cycle, walk. Trek to great heights or tackle some muddy obstacles. Take a look at our fundraising events.

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Partner with us

See how your organisation can help us to support more children, families and school staff across the UK.

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Our impact

In the last school year

6,901

pupils were supported through one-to-one counselling.

33,327

pupils booked their own appointments to speak to our mental health professional.

After one-to-one counselling with Place2Be

76%

of children with severe difficulties show an improvement in mental health, according to parents.

64%

of pupils whose difficulties impacted their learning in class improved, according to teachers.

75%

of children and young people found it easier to make and keep friends, according to parents and carers.

Place2Be: mental health support in schools

Hear from children and teachers about the impact of Place2Be.

News & blogs

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The impact of Place2Be’s whole-school service on pupils in Salford

One year into the Law Family Salford Research Programme, Area Manager Julia Barker looks at Place2Be's impact in schools.

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“My Voice Matters”: a look back at Children’s Mental Health Week 2024

This year, we encouraged children and young people to use their voices and share what matters to them during the Week.

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Mental health leaders call for more investment in school-based mental health support

In a joint letter to the Department of Health and Social Care, we're calling for investment in school-based support.

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